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The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents is a television series that falls into the genre of documentary. This documentary television show features many well known men and women such as Jonathan Alter, James Baker, Richard Brookiser, James Carville, Michael Flamm, Nancy Gibbs, Harold Holzer, Karen Hughes, Zachary Karabell, Barry Paris, David Pietrusza, Donald Ritchie, John Seigenthaler Sr., Amity Shlaes, H.W. Brands, Allen Guelzo, and Nina Silber. The Ultimate Guide To The Presidents is an 8 hour mini television series.

The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents is a documentary film that is mainly focused around the ins and the outs of the United States presidency. Having over 43 different men serving the United States, this show gives viewers a real, true, and in depth view of what goes on behind the doors of the Oval office. Going through the history of each president, from George Washington to Barack Obama. This television documentary tells of each president's successes, the complications and obstacles they each faced, and even discusses the fears that they had during their term.

Furthermore, The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents will show in depth interviews with various different politician's, oval office workers, and many more. Each one having their own experiences, concerns, and successes within the presidency. Plus, this television series shows how much the Oval office has changed or improved in the last 200 years. Allowing the entire world to gain a better insight on how much has changed over the years, as well as the different issues each president had to overcome during their term.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on History
1 Season, 8 Episodes
January 15, 2013
Documentary & Biography
7.9/10
Cast: Bruce McGill, H.W. Brands, Richard Norton Smith, Donald Ritchie
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  • Since the mid 1960s, the power of the presidency has had its ups and downs. It's been burdened by the personal failings of the men who occupied the office; by a Congress determined to reassert its power; by a skeptical and fragmented media; and by a public that had grown indifferent. Global terror networks rose to present a more complicated threat. Despite these new challenges, the power of the office has grown substantially--remaining the shining symbol of America s noble experiment in democracy.

  • In 1945, at the end of a devastating global war, America emerged as a superpower. The Cold War presented the nation with nuclear annihilation. The country looked to the President to protect them during these dangerous times. The struggle against the spread of communism abroad, and the corrosive effects of inequality at home, demanded a new resolve and a steadfast international leader.

  • At the beginning of the 20th century there was a major division between the rich and poor. The country's priorities were changing, as was the Presidency. Since the end of the Civil War, Congress and the deep pockets of Big Industry had dictated the course for the nation. But one President took control of the reigns, fighting for the common man, just as a grisly international fight began to emerge that would test America's strength and its leader's resolve.

  • America after the Civil War was a traumatized country in desperate need of leadership. The President who'd seen the nation through its most divisive conflict was dead, leaving no road map for peace. Over the next three decades, weak presidents assumed leadership, and continued to take a back seat to Congress and to captains of industry--and the Presidency hit rock bottom.

  • America by the mid-1800s had tripled in size because of actions made by Jefferson, Jackson, and Polk. But with new territory came old confrontations. Slavery--the question that had been avoided since the country's birth--now had to be answered.

  • America in 1824 saw the end of the era of the Founding Fathers. Over the next 25 years, six presidents assume the uneasy transition from old traditions to an expansion of land, influence and opportunity. Democracy was the word on everyone's lips, and the true power of the nation's leader would be found in the common man.

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